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Liverpool: Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold not in squad to face Genk

Liverpool: Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold not in squad to face Genk

Liverpool defenders Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold are not part of the travelling squad to face Genk in the UEFA Champions League (via liverpoolfc.com).

The duo missed training on Tuesday as the team prepared for the fixture (via Liverpool Echo), and it is now confirmed that they are unavailable.

Both Matip and Alexander-Arnold played 90 minutes against Manchester United on Sunday, but were absent from the light training session which took place at Melwood before the players flew to Belgium.

There was no indication that either had picked up an injury against the Red Devils, but the club have confirmed that they both have minor issues.

Alexander-Arnold misses out due to a virus, whilst Matip has a sore knee which keeps him out of action (via liverpoolfc.com).

There is however some good news, with Mohamed Salah named in the travelling party after missing the game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Matip and Alexander-Arnold have both been key figures for Liverpool this season, so it is a blow that they will be unavailable for the trip to Belgium.

Matip has become the first-choice to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back this season, starting 10 games in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).

Alexander-Arnold has also been a regular, starting 12 games in total and he has contributed with one goal and three assists so far (via Transfermarkt).

Realistically, however, the Reds should have enough to beat Genk and are likely to call upon the likes of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, both full internationals, to step in at the Luminus Arena.

There is little point in risking two of their key players, particularly with a huge match against Tottenham Hotspur coming up at the weekend, so the decision to leave them at home makes sense.

Liverpool fans, how important are Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold to the team? And who would you pick to replace them for the game against Genk? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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